India born Senior Vice President of Google quits
After serving the internet giant, Google+, for 8 years, its Senior Vice President for Social, Vivek Gundotra, has decided to relinquish his duties. He announced his decision on his Google+ account on April 24 and said that the decision will go effective immediately.
“Today I am announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google,” he said.
He did not inform what his future plans are and also did not reveal the reason for his departure from Google.
“I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past eight years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come,” he added.
Praising Mr. Gundotra, Google CEO Larry Page posted on his Plus post which said, “Vic- thank you for a tremendous almost eight years of Google. You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great… You built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion.”
Mumbai born, Gundotra is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He previously held the position of General Manager in Microsoft, where he worked for almost 15 years, before joining Google in 2007. He was selected one of the top innovators by MIT Technology Review’s yearly list of top innovators under 35, mainly because of his work on .NET Framework.
Considered a Social Czar by many in the industry, Google+ is considered one of his most significant projects till date. He was one of the regular keynote speakers at Google’s yearly I/O conferences and considered an evangelist for Google’s official programs for developers.
From now, Gundotra’s office will be taken over by Google’s VP of Engineering, David Besbris.